I shared one of my blog posts on Facebook today and was attacked because I included a verse from the Old Testament. Yes, you read that right! This person told me the Old Testament is only for the Jews. So, this really made me start researching if the Old Testament is for Christians.
So, is the Old Testament for Christians?
Before I discuss why this person said, as Christians, we should not read the Old Testament, I want to share why we should. The Old Testament is the story of why we need a Savior and the prophecies told within the pages tell of Jesus. The Old Testament tells of God’s Law and stories that teach us about sin and repentance.
This is very important information to know; even as a Christian! So, I ask again, Is the Old Testament for Christians? The answer is absolutely!
How can I be so sure?
In the book of 2 Timothy, Paul writes something that sums it up nicely!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
Paul is telling us that all of the word in the Bible are from God. They are there to teach us, correct us and to train us. That includes the Old Testament.
The “Old Law” vs. the New Covenant
The “Old Law” as it is presented by the people claiming the Old Testament isn’t for Christians, is in fact a covenant between God and the Jews. A covenant is defined as an agreement between two parties.
Where the confusion for some people comes in is when the crucifixion and resurrection created a new Covenant with the Gentiles. This new covenant was, in fact, an act of bringing the Gentiles into God’s Kingdom. This doesn’t mean that God was suddenly excluding the Jews.
My friend, Diane from Worth Beyond Rubies, wrote and amazing post that explains this grafting in of the Gentiles perfectly! She states, “Paul is careful (Romans 11:11-25) to point out that this was a partial hardening of Israel so that the Gentiles could be saved! It was to allow for all nations to know God and His saving grace. This is why he gives his cautionary advice to not ever become haughty and think you replace the Jews in the heart of God. The Jewish people are NOT cast off!”
Learn more about the Jewish Roots of the Faith at Worth Beyond Rubies.
The Entire Bible is for Christians!
As Paul explained in 2 Timothy, we are to use every word in the Bible to educate ourselves and build a relationship with God. So, is the Old Testament for Christians? Without a doubt! We may not live under the same covenant but there are lessons to be learned within it.
The Dangers of False Teachers
The person that attacked my Facebook post did so because they believe we should only read the teachings of Paul. Since the verses referenced in this post were written by Paul, it is clear to see the argument is on shaky ground.
This person believes that we should not even read the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John! This is a false teaching and I had never heard of it before. After doing some quick research, I discovered that in essence they worship Paul all while proclaiming Christ as Savior. It is very dangerous territory and it is why we are warned in 2 Peter about False Teachers.
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves2 Peter 2:1
Be cautious about anyone that tells you to only read certain parts of the Bible. Take heed to any person that takes parts of the Bible out or adds parts in. Read your Bible so you know how to combat these false teachers.
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